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Battle scenes from the Bloody Angle -- Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Posted By: gjtoth, 05-09-2014, 04:03 AM

Last minute orders and preps


The entire Confederate line not showing the way it hooked back to their rear on the right.


The Bloody Angle from the Confederate side


Into the jaws of death




Dishing out a ration of lead




CHARGE BAYONETS, MEN!!


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fine captures of this reenactment.... really get the feel for this military melee ...
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Really captures the mayhem of pitched battle. The smoke adds an extra element in that you can practically hear the guns being fired.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gjtoth Quote
Last minute orders and preps


The entire Confederate line not showing the way it hooked back to their rear on the right.


The Bloody Angle from the Confederate side


Into the jaws of death




Dishing out a ration of lead




CHARGE BAYONETS, MEN!!
Some of those guys look old enough to have fought in the real Civil War.

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fine captures of this reenactment.... really get the feel for this military melee ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluenose Quote
Really captures the mayhem of pitched battle. The smoke adds an extra element in that you can practically hear the guns being fired.

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Many thanks. Mission accomplished! Shooting through heavy smoke is really tricky.
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Good work! Wish I had gone. Hopefully Cold Harbor will be good.
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Good work! Wish I had gone. Hopefully Cold Harbor will be good.
Thanks very much. I can only handle two or three of these events a year as the drive from Louisville to the major battle sites is relatively extensive. Although, I surely would love to attend more! Here's a piece about the Cold Harbor reenactment. Re-Enactors Battle of Trevilian Station | 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Trevilian Station Reenactment
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Wow - these are outstanding. Another terrific window into the past. Thanks for posting these great shots.

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Wow - these are outstanding. Another terrific window into the past. Thanks for posting these great shots.

Jer
Thanks, Jer. My privilege! The reenactors are the ones that deserve the credit. They live and breathe this stuff. Everything they do is done as it was then -- except for using live ammo and using Porta-potties. Everything else is done without the aid of any modern-day device or convenience. And, they love it.
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Very nice set of images.
I sure wouldn't want to be the guys wearing all the red on a battlefield !
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Very nice set of images.
I sure wouldn't want to be the guys wearing all the red on a battlefield !
It was a different type of war, Michael. The clothing/uniforms had nothing to do with utility, comfort, or durability. It had everything to do with STYLE. A huge emphasis was placed upon a manly look and BEING manly. Those big, bushy beards were considered very manly. The red could designate a member of an artillery unit OR, as in the photo above, it could be a "Fire Zouave". These units were mainly compose of New York firemen. Their uniforms were derived from Napoleonic French uniforms. And, while they may look garish or silly to US, they were (for a while) considered the elite units of the Union forces, When most of the original members were killed off and the Federals standardized uniforms (sort of), elite units of nail-tough men started to appear. Like the Iron Brigade from Michigan or the Pennsylvania Bucktails. These units struck fear into their opponents and justifiably so!
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Great pics and an excellent post in giving us a better insight into the uniforms and the men that wore them.
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Great pics and an excellent post in giving us a better insight into the uniforms and the men that wore them.
Thanks very much.
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